SEAN SCULLY "RED FOLD" AQUATINT, 2006
Sean Scully (b. 1945) is a renowned painter, printmaker, sculptor, and photographer. Though his work spans multidisciplinary fields, Scully is most recognized for his large-scale abstract compositions composed of grid-like forms - often inspired by construction and architectural motifs.
In his signature artworks, Scully often employs geometric repetition, intersecting and overlapping rectangles, squares, and lines, ultimately creating tension between forms and layers of color.
Scully has explained that his work is very personal, often drawing from his own experiences and tragedy. This is thoughtfully reflected in his subdued and nearly melancholy palette. Scully’s distinct technique confronts the viewer with a modest vulnerability that differs from his predecessors, such as Piet Mondrian, whose abstraction followed a much more methodical approach.
This rare print is a fine example of Scully’s affinity for geometric composition and features his signature grid-like pattern that seems to reference the checker of a finish line flag. The uneven lines in this piece disrupt the rhythm of the otherwise calibrated composition, a human touch that creates an air of ambiguity and curiosity encouraging further inquiry.
Scully works on stretched linen canvas which provides a reactive surface with tension for him to work against with each measured brushstroke. Scully stated that his abstract paintings are “guided by breath”.
The artist has exhibited at institutions internationally and his works have been collected by over 150 major public museums including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Tate Gallery (London), the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), the Guggenheim Museum (New York), and the National Gallery of Dublin.
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Aquatint, spit bite, and sugar lift on paper
Signed, dated, and numbered by artist
From an edition of 50
8”H 6”W (sheet)
19.5”H 15"W (framed)
Very good condition
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